I am due in 3 weeks with baby #2, a girl. We think we have agreed on a first name, but I'm starting to have doubts for various reasons. In addition, we can't decide on a middle name! The name we have chosen is Zoe. It started a few months ago simply as a suggestion from my husband, but my (almost) 3 year old loves the name and is already introducing the baby as "my baby sister, Zoe."
We are fairly certain that this is our last child, meaning my husband will not likely get the son he wants (even though he is thrilled with his girls!). I named our oldest child, and suggested he pick a name for this baby. The name he chose was Zoe Jane. For those not familiar with the song or type of music, Zoe Jane is the name of a song by Staind and is about a father's love for his daughter. While the idea is extremely sweet, I just couldn't name my child after a song and we are now having a problem agreeing on a middle name. He suggested Grace, which I don't think goes well. I suggested Elizabeth and he thinks it is too old fashioned.
The other problem (and the biggest problem I am facing right now) is the similarity in sound to another family member's name. She is the girl's aunt (my husband's younger sister), but is still in early elementary school so she is closer in age to the girls than to my husband. My kids will spend every weekday afternoon with her (and my mother in law) while I am at work. Her name is Chloe. I'm worried the names sound too simliar and will cause confusion.
I hope you can offer some input to help us make our decision a little easier.
If your husband is going to choose the name for this daughter, and if it doesn't bother him to have his daughter's name rhyme with his sister's name, then I think having a Zoe and a Chloe will be fine. There will probably be occasional confusions, but it seems likely to be a minor issue.
I think the name Zoe is a particularly difficult one to find a middle name for. I lean toward long middle names:
If he likes the sound of Zoe Jane and Zoe Grace, perhaps he would like:
If Elizabeth is too old-fashioned, maybe he would like: